Sheila Smith

Memories of Canadian troops in Eastry.

Canadian troops in Eastry

Sheila was born in Eastry in 1941. Some of her first wartime memories are of the Canadian troops stationed nearby her home. She recalls how one Canadian asked her, ‘Do you want gum chum?’ The Canadian troops were courteous and did not cause much trouble. When the Canadian troops left the area, Sheila recalls how they ‘offered all sorts of commodities to the locals, ranging from petrol, rice, corned beef, corrugated iron and scaffolding pipes’. The locals arrived with prams and wheelbarrows to collect what had been promised.

Sheila’s father was a market gardener and a sergeant in the Home Guard.

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